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U.N. Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Women

News outlets report on the launch of the U.N.’s campaign to end gender-based violence, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which takes place annually on November 25. Al Jazeera: U.N. calls for end to violence against women “The U.N. today marks International Day for the…

More Effort Needed To Engage HIV-Positive Mothers, Infants In Health Care System

Huffington Post: Countdown to Zero Mitchell Besser, founder of mothers2mothers “…Since 2011, the [Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive] has succeeded in catalyzing African governments to develop strategies and direct substantial resources towards reducing pediatric HIV infections and…

WHO Nutrition For Health Director Discusses ICN2 Outcomes In Devex Interview

Devex: What’s next for global nutrition efforts after ICN2 “…[A]side from the official items on the agenda [of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)], what buzz topics took center stage at the conference, what do experts now view as the main nutrition challenges, and how must we reform food…

Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s…

Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some…

Progress Made In Delivering Aid To Syria, But Global Community Must Do More To Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering, End Violence, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, U.N. relief chief warns, calling for end to violence “While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top…

Lassa Fever Kills 9 In Benin; No Ebola Detected, Country, WHO Officials Say

Associated Press: Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found “Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country’s health minister said. … But so far no Ebola cases have been confirmed in Benin, Health…

UNAIDS Report Sets ‘Ambitious Targets,’ Focuses On Reducing New HIV Infections

Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center”: World AIDS Day 2014: UNAIDS Shifts Its Emphasis toward Reducing New Infections CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses an annual report by UNAIDS that “for the first time focus[es] more on the need to reduce new [HIV] infections than on treatment expansion.…

West African Ebola Toll Reaches Nearly 7,000 Deaths, 16,000 Cases, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the number of Ebola cases and deaths reported by the WHO on Friday. International Business Times: Ebola Outbreak: Nearly 7,000 Dead, 16,000 Likely Infected With Virus, Says World Health Organization “Almost 7,000 people have died of Ebola virus disease and more than 16,000 either have had…

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